Porter's Liniment Salve

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The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: For burns, cuts, bruises, sores, wounds, chapped and cracked skin, boils, rectal irritations, felons, itch, tetter, cold on the chest, lumbago, varicose veins, garget and eczema. For stock. Cuts, scratches, collar and saddle galls, bruises, sore teats on cows, caked udder.
Currently not on view
date made
after 1916
George H. Rundle Company
place made
United States: Ohio, Piqua
Physical Description
chloretone, 4 gr. to ounce (drug active ingredients)
overall: 1 in x 3 1/2 in; 2.54 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
Rubs, Liniments & Ointments
Skin & Dermatology Drugs
First Aid Products & Antiseptics
Veterinary Products
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Cure-alls
Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History


Love, love, love this salve, great for stings, I started using it on my ankle tendon, it has really helped,. My great grandmother used it, when I was little, and I'm 60 now. Best stuff around
My grandmother used Porter's Salve for years. She had a farm & would get cuts tending to the cows. She would out Porter's salve on cuts & they would heal right up. Kept this salve all of the time I knew her. Thank You & all of the people who left comments.
This was my family go to. I remember getting it from the 5 and dime store. Just recently stumbled upon it while talking to my pharmacist it was on the shelf behind her. She thought I was having some sort of mental episode it was like finding a gold nugget!
My Sainted great grandmother lived with when i was little. I'm 63, would not have lived past 10 without it. We put it on every thing. I still do (I love the smell, nostalgia I guess).
My mom has had the same can for at least 26 years, which is how old I am. Works well for preventing a kid licking her lips.
When to Doctor with Toe Nail infection, took Anti-biotic for 8 days, Used Anti-biotic salve and dressing for 10 days. Still had the infection, came home, went out to barn grabbed the can of Porter's salve, I use on my horse with great results. Wrapped my toe for 2 nights, toe looks 100% better, infection almost gone. Next time I see my foot Doc. I'm gone to give him a can. I am 75 and never been without the salve, have used it for every thing you can imagine.. One thing, can you change the smell.
I'm 22 years old and this is still my family's go-to. At least 5 generations of my family have used it, from my great grandparents all the way down to my nephews. Porter's Salve is just one of those timeless remedies. Here's to another 5 generations!
"Ditto, Ditto to both Marion and Brian! I am also in my 60's and my father and grandparents also have used for decades.- 100 % better than corn husker's lotion for cracked skin, So interesting that it is featured in the museum!!!"
"I purchased my most recent can through Amazon as, like Marion, it can be tough to find locally. I'm 60+ and this has been in our household for as long as I can remember. I wish my dad / grandmother were still around to ask how long they had been been using it."
Trying to find this product in local stores. Bought last container about 2 years ago. Best for bug bites and cuts. Stops pain in paper cuts immediately. Our family has used it for years.

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